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eatdrinknbmerry Mar 8, 2008 06:12 PM

looking for anything that opens late or even 24/7 in Little Saigon? i'm up fro anything. thanks.

  1. Das Ubergeek Mar 8, 2008 08:07 PM

    Honestly, there are places, but I can't think of many besides banh mi shops. Your best bet is to troll Brookhurst and Bolsa and look for things with lights on.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      eatdrinknbmerry Mar 9, 2008 12:12 PM

      Das, did you ever get around to trying the Trieu Chau Restaurant on 1st/newhope? I thought of your horrific experience at New Trieu Chau Restaurant when I drove by it yesterday w/ my gf to Thai Son (for Banh Cuon).

      1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
        ns1 Mar 9, 2008 12:53 PM

        I find it quite forgettable, except for the chinese donuts. The food does not justify the line. It boggles the mind.

        1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
          Das Ubergeek Mar 9, 2008 05:34 PM

          I haven't, because I never think of it while I'm at work and it closes at 5 PM.

      2. Professor Salt Mar 8, 2008 08:13 PM

        Thanh My used to stay open til 1am. It's been a long time since I've been, so confirm that's still the case.

        9553 Bolsa Ave

        The BCD Tofu in Garden Grove is open 24/7. Lee's Sandwiches on Brookhurst & Westminster Blvd is open 24/7.

        BCD Tofu House Restaurant
        9520 Garden Grove Blvd Ste 9, Garden Grove, CA 92844

        Thanh My Restaurant
        9553 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

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          ns1 Mar 8, 2008 08:33 PM

          There used to be a pho place on Bolsa near the T&K supermarket that was open until 3am or 24 hours.

          Pho 54 on Brookhurst/McFadden used to be open very late.

          1. kabuki Mar 8, 2008 08:55 PM

            Lee's Sandwiches 24/7: Brookhurst + Westminster
            Banh Mi Che Cali 24/7: Brookhurst + McFadden
            (Banh Mi Che) Cali Restaurant (Late): Same plaza as above

            Pho Hoa 24/7: across the street fr/ Asian Garden Mall
            Pho Nam Dinh (Late): Moran + Bolsa (East side of Asian Garden mall) I've only eaten here once when they just opened. I'm not sure if the bus. hours have changed.

            Pho Thanh 24/7: Bolsa + BushardAcross the street from Luc Dinh Ky
            Pho Thanh Long (Late): Same plaza as LDK
            Luc Dinh Ky (Late): There's 2 location on bolsa, a mobile home neighbood separates the plazas that each restaurant occupies. However, I think this location is open later, than the other one.

            Though you might be wary of LDK... if you've read the OC Register article that stated LDK had the the most health department food safety violations in all of Orange County

            Pho Thanh
            9625 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

            Pho Hoa Noodle Soup
            9211 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

            Luc Dinh Ky Restaurant
            9600 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

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            1. re: kabuki
              eatdrinknbmerry Mar 9, 2008 12:10 PM

              awesome everyone. thank you!

              i just had Vien Dong's bun rieu last night (ground crab soup noodles with shrimppaste and pork meatballs)... i wish i can find that late at night. so good!

              1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                kingkong5 Mar 9, 2008 09:49 PM

                You can find that at some of the 24 hour restaurants, but I wouldn't advise that you get it there; it is nowhere near as good as at Vien Dong or the other Bun Rieu specialty places, which are open only regular hours.

                OTOH, if you're out really late and had a bit to drink, you may not know the difference between good and bad bun rieu? :)

                1. re: kingkong5
                  eatdrinknbmerry Mar 11, 2008 01:23 PM

                  KingKong, what are the top 3 places for bun rieu?

                  also, who has the best cha ca (dill/turmeric fish noodles)?

                  1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                    ns1 Mar 11, 2008 01:38 PM

                    re: cha ca thanh long

                    I say hanoi restaurant. Magnolia/bolsa. Drop le croissant dore (i think) for the best fruit tart around afterwards

                    *Note that I have not been there since their new ownership change, but I used to love this restaurant and went there frequently

                    1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                      Das Ubergeek Mar 11, 2008 01:57 PM

                      Vien Dong, on Brookhurst and 13th in GG. You can get it the usual way (on a skillet) or you can have it as a bowl of "bun cha ca". Both are absolutely delicious.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek
                        eatdrinknbmerry Mar 11, 2008 03:02 PM

                        Thanks NS/Das. I'll try Hanoi restaurant next then. Loved Vien Dong, was there on saturday and had it in soup noodles. I thought it would be fish fillets, but it was actually dill/turmeric fish paste. Did I order the wrong thing? It was good nonetheless.

                        I just posted Bun Cha Ca on my blog which was super easy to make and very good. i think i'll have a bowl of it once i get home!

                        1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                          ns1 Mar 11, 2008 03:07 PM

                          There is one more place that does cha ca thanh long. It's near Westminster/Newland, same plaza as....seafood palace(?) i believe, across from seafood cove. It was good I thought, not as good as Hanoi. Sorry I can't tell you for sure, went with the parents.

                          Also good at Hanoi...

                          bun cha hanoi (i like it better than cha ca thanh long), and they have this fried sweet yam thing with shrimp that is bomb. And while you're there, grabbing this bomb food and crazy fruit tart, drive down the street 2 blocks to kang lac bakery (same plaza as rainbow sound) and pick up the best cafe sua da around ;)

                          1. re: ns1
                            eatdrinknbmerry Mar 11, 2008 04:27 PM

                            what is the diff bt cha ca thanh long and cha ca? i've been to seafood cove a few times, so i can easily find it.

                            oh yes, i LOVE the vietnamese 'tempura'. i've only had it at tay ho banh cuon on bolsa avenue which was good.

                            love kang lac bakery too. the owners are super nice.

                            actually, i think this has become another "Why I love Little Saigon" topic. = )

                            1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                              ns1 Mar 11, 2008 04:48 PM

                              Honestly I have no idea, I just assumed it was the same.

                              Fish covered in tumeric with dill, served on top of onions on a sizzling plate

                              1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                                Tapeworm Mar 11, 2008 06:36 PM

                                Besides the tumeric yellow fried fish filets, cha ca is also a fried fish cake (patty) similar to the Thai version.

                            2. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                              Das Ubergeek Mar 11, 2008 08:06 PM

                              You did -- this is bun cha ca Thanh Long we're talking about.

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